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to be one held of a disappointment. that's all for us tonight. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is early start weekend. an unannounced visit to afghanistan and an impact for troop withdrawal. plus, like a scene from "jaws," the hunt is on to find the sharks before they claim a human life. >>> blame it on the meat. that's what one olympic coach is doing. is one team's diet behind their losses in key contests? >>> it is saturday, july 7th. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. glad you are waking up with us. chances are after you turned on cnn you logged into your computer to do surfing and check your e-mail. come monday, it may not be possible. it turns out there's a nasty virus out there. hundreds of thousands of computers are affected around the world. that means you may not have internet access monday morning. the fbi plans to shut down services to fix it. the scope doesn't matter if you are one of the unlucky ones. what will you do without your internet if you lose it monday? how will you spend your time? can you remember what life was like without it? tweet me@randyk
to afghanistan's future. >> that designation paves the way for the u.s. and afghanistan to maintain defense long aft u.s. troop withdrawal. secretary clinton is on her way to tokyo. in japan, she'll ask international donors to pledge their support to afghanistan. joining me on the phone from kabul is john wendell, a photographer and time magazine correspondent. how significant is this announcement? >> caller: hi. thanks for having me. i think secretary clinton's use of the word symbol is the keyword here. the enduring partnership was signed on may 2nd between the u.s. and afghanistan. the major non-nato ally announcement was part of that. the announcement, i think, is not so significant when it comes to the day-to-day of the war. what i think it is doing is helping lay the fears o afghanistan's elite that will be abandoned ahead of the 2014 u.s. withdrawal of nato forces and part of an effort to push the taliban back. i think the main reason for the announcement was so the u.s. can point to a concrete move showing its commitment ahead of the tokyo conference you mentioned tomorrow. as part of an
joins us. "starting point" begins right now. welcome, our starting point this morning, new details coming to us about what was inside the apartment of the aurora colorado shooting suspect's home, after his bizarre appearance in court yesterday. cnn has new information, a law enforcement official who viewed videotape taken inside the apartment says this, mess of wires looked like spaghetti and it was rigged quote, right. if police hadn't dismantled the explosives the entire floor could have been consumed by flames before the first fire truck arrive. the aurora police found 30 improvised explosive devices surrounded by gas containers of gasoline. the gasoline was meant to enhance the effects of the blast. all of that brings us right to jim spellman. he's standing outside the theater. we can see the neon sign behind you. let's talk first about this video. i know it's black and white. what more can you tell us? >> yeah, police describe this whole apartment as being designed to kill. all rigged up to a trip wire at the front door. it took them almost two days before they could figure ou
after weeks of legal back and forth, the state's allowed to use a federal database to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls. critics say this process targets poor and minority voters. but florida's governor says it's going to help improve the election process. john zarrella reporting from miami. >> reporter: for months state of florida wrangling with the federal government over access to a federal database. now this federal database has lists of people who are in the country legally but not eligible to vote. well, over the weekend, florida and the department of homeland security finally arrived at an agreement which will allow florida access to that database so that it can go through and look for people in the state who probably shouldn't be on the voter rolls. now, governor rick scott said this morning on cnn that this was, in fact, an important step. >> i don't know anybody, any supervisor of election or anybody in the state thinks nonu.s. citizens ought to be voting our races. it's good for all of the citizens. >> reporter: officials will have to be trained on exactly how to use tha
, christine romans has that for us. >> moupting concern in the u.s. and israel about chemical weapons possibly entering the fray in syria, fierce fighting continuing overnight in city of alep po, the assad regime clinging to power this morning. here's the development that's getting attention, a spokesman publicly threatening to deploy chemical weapons against any foreign intervention. it's a threat senator john mccain is taking seriously. >> there is a danger of chemical weapons that are presently under bash ar al assad's control from flowing to hezbollah, presenting a grave threat to the security of israel. >> president obama warning the assad regime it would be a tragic mistake to use chemical weapons, promising syria will be held accountable if it does. >>> a new era for penn state's football program after a massive punish from the ncaa. they leveled a $60 million fine, imposed a four-year boan own postseason activity and stripped the school of scholarships and football victories for the last 14 seasons. penn state says it won't fight the stiff sanctions. we'll heard from mike and mike in t
still without power in the eastern u.s. >>> and an american apology to pakistan helps ease the burden on u.s. troops in the region. >>> i'm jeff glor. a jetblue pilot found not guilty by reason of insanity. we go behind the scenes at the boston pops gets ready for their july 4 spectacular. >>> but first, as we do every morning, we begin with a look at our eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >>> it is a huge mess. we haven't seen any work being done yet. >> utility screws scramble. >> almost 1 million people still have no power. >> reporter: as record-seating heat bakes the nation. >> heat advisories for over a dozen stays over the fourth of july holiday, feeling like 100 degrees across much of the nation. >> just sweating, staying inside. >> it's a hardship. >> breaking news overnight. a fast-moving wildfire is burning in rural ranchland north of los angeles. >> in colorado, air force tanker planes are back in the air to help fight a slew of dangerous wildfires. >> you don't get much better than that. >> nearly a dozen people injured in an accident in new hampshire. fireworks set a
. since then he has been held in jail in isolation. jim spellman is joining us from centennial, colorado, and no cameras in the courthouse for today's hearing and tell us why first of all and walk us through what we expect to happen. >> sure. this hearing is under way right now, suzanne. no cameras in the courtroom and the judge decided before last week's hearing that in the early portion of the proceeding he would allow a camera for the initial appearance and the arraignment that should come in a couple of days. there is a sketch artist in there and full of reporters including cnn's eddie lavendara who will come down as soon as we know what is going to happen. first, he will be read the formal charges and from court documents that is 12 counts of first-degree murder and numerous attempts of first-degree murder and numerous counts around the boo booby-trapped apartment me left. and also they will decide if the notebook to the psychiatrist is privileged and the defense will argument to unseal some of the documents in the case that have been sealed. as soon as he is out here, we will be ou
a million people still without power in the eastern u.s. at an american apology to pakistan helps to ease the burden on troops in the region. >>> i'm jeff glor. a jetblue pilot who caused a mid flight -- is found not guilty by reason of insanity. >>> first as we do every morning, we begin with a look at today's eye-opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> it's a huge mess. >> utility crews scramble. >>> people still have no power. >> as heat bakes the nation. >> heat advisories for the fourth of july holidays. >> feeling like 100 degrees. >> it's 104 in the shade right now. >> you stay inside. >> it's a hardship. >> breaking news overnight. a fast moving wildfire is burning in rural ranchland north of los angeles. >> in colorado air force tanker planes are back in the air to fight a slew of dangerous wildfires. >> you don't get much better than that. >>> a dozen people were injured in an accident in new hampshire. fireworks set a deck on fire filling a crowded home with flames. >> when the fireworks exploded it took off the porch and a portion of the house. >>> they u
on the run. how much longer can the regime hang on? >>> u.s. flight schools still flying under the f.a.a.'s radar nearly 11 years after 9/11. a big investigation involving suspicious foreign students and illegal visas. >>> does this u.s. olympian have a prayer of winning the marathon? you may believe he's destined for gold when you find out who his coach is. >>> we begin with a natural disaster of epic proportions. that's what the governor of illinois is saying about the historic drought are a advantaging his state. along with 25 others across the country. look at this map. you can see how widespread the bone dry conditions are. last time it was this bad, 1956. rob marciano is in the middle of the hardest hit area in indiana. the corn crop is hit especially hard. >> yeah. the corn belt getting hit with not only drought but heat. obviously the heat exacerbates the drought a little bit. you get the string of 100-plus days like they have had in the past month it makes things so much worse. just yesterday, indianapolis hit 101. yet another record. the last 46 days, the driest on record i
of the tragic shooting in aurora, colorado as officials try to figure out if the alleged gunman used taxpayer money, intended for his education, to fund his rampage. >>> a killer whale attacking his trainer in 2006. a man dragged by his foot and held under water. incredibly he survived. we'll tell you why these images just released. >>> team "today" in the uk. with opening ceremonies a few days away we've all made our way to london today, july 25th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," countdown to the olympic games with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from olympic games with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from london, england. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. my third day here in london during the buildup to the summer olympic games. we're standing here at the tower of london. behind me the famed tower bridge with the olympic ring hanging beneath it as this city gets prepared to welcome the world here in just a couple of days. now, savann
and the nature of the care he received from the psychiatrist. >> okay. thank you, jim. he will bring us any information as it happens there. >>> and now to india which is hit with one of the worst blackouts in a decade. we are talking about staggering numbers of 350 million people across the northern part of the country left in the dark essentially in sweltering summer heat which is more than the entire population of the united states. that is right. that is how many people. at least 300 trains were stranded when the power grid gave out overnight. >>> and north korea reported that 88 people are dead and more than 60,000 left homeless after torrential rains. rains have been destroying buildings and crops. humanitarian groups are working within the country and they are saying that people are now severely mall nourish and the rain is continuing to fall today. >>> mitt romney talking tough on iran. he pledges unwavering support for israel, and he promises to move the american embassy to jerusalem. romney has wrapped up the visit to israel, and he is now in poleland, and that is the final leg on
glad you're with us on this saturday morning. i'm randi kaye. we're getting some shocking new information about the colorado theater shooting suspect james holmes. we've been hearing conflicting reports about a package that he allegedly sent to his psychiatrist before the shooting. cbs is reporting that package contained details about how he planned on killing people. now there's a legal battle over that package and whatever was inside it. jim spellman sounds the jail in aurora, kol california, for us this morning. good morning, jim. so what is this assertion of privilege that lawyers are talking about? >> so what the defense is saying is that the writings in this book were sent from holmes to his psychiatrist, a woman named dr. lynn fenton and that those are doctor-patient communications and should be privileged. it's a little complicated in general about how that works because if potentially there was something in it that alluded to putting people in danger, then the doctor would have to write to -- would have the requirement to report that to police. but we don't know what'
expect there will be crowds lining up behind us for the next couple of weeks. you're starting to feel the excitement in the air. >> it's a great location. you get the lay of the land. that big white thing, that's savannah's trailer. better known as the olympic stadium. the observation tower. the aquatic center. >> amazing. >> you asked me to store your hair and makeup. >> we're going to spend a lot of time in these places over the next couple of weeks. >> yeah. >> makes it real being here now. >> it does. also the pomp and pageantry is already underway this morning. the famed big ben chimed nonstop for 3 minutes to celebrate the first official day of the olympic games. right now a big crowd has gathered at tower bridge awaiting the arrival of the olympic torch to sail by on the queen's barge. the question is whose hands will it be in. matt lauer, we're looking at you. you know. >> you're looking in the wrong place. >> i think it was barry gold water that said i'm not a good leaker. >> we'll work on it. >> we'll pry it out of you or meredith. >> obviously a very big date for britain an
that it is. >> authorities are using the suspect's fingerprints, dnaa and a fake michigan driver's license to identify him. >>> the turmoil unfolding overseas is a topic on the presidential campaign trail. speaking in florida, president obama called the attack in bulgaria ruthless. mitt romney says the president isn't doing enough to end the crisis in syria. tara mergener has more from washington. a suicide bombing in bulgaria and the civil war in syria are drawing the attention of the presidential candidates. >> this is a moment of great uncertainty in the middle east given what's happening in syria and what's happening in other places. >> president barack obama deviated from his stump speech thursday in florida to condemn the suicide attack on a bus full of israeli tourists. >> now is the time to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect israel's security. >> mitt romney says the u.s. should be doing more to stop the bloodshed in syria. president obama has add di indicated leadership and subcontracted policy to kofi annan and the united nations. >> aside from foreign polic
in a meeting of cabinet ministers that was set off by remote control. u.s. defense secretary leon panetta reacted with this. >> the violence there has only gotten worse and the loss of life has only increased, which tells us that this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control. >> ivan watson joining us now. how do you react to exactly what leon panetta said with regard to spinning out of control and now the impact of assad's defense chief and brother-in-law being killed? >> well, the new noose is clear tightening. in one fell swoop at least four of his most senior security and defense officials killed by what syrian state media says was a suicide bombing. not only was the defense minister, the interior minister and a security adviser, but also as you mentioned a member of his inner circle, his family. his brother-in-law himself, assef shawkat. what's more important is aside from there having been incredible intelligence and security failure on the part of the top people in his security apparatus, at the same time you have had at least three days of fighting in the streets of
in outsourcing u.s. jobs. >> the obama campaign has already spent nearly $100 million on television commercials, most attacking romney's business record and accusing him of shipping jobs overseas. for "cbs this morning saturday," norah o'donnell, the white house. >> cbs news political director, john dickerson, is with us now. good morning, john. >> truth is, john, it's not unusual for a ceo to take a leave of absence. but it doesn't look very good. how do you think romney is handling this? are people going to understand this tricky situation? >> no. you're right. it looks a little exotic. it looks a little different than people's common experience. what governor romney wanted is his experience at bain to basically have people think he's a business guy, he knows how to fix the economy. that's all you need to know about him. now he's having to explain complicated business arrangements. he's talking about things that just sound different from people's day-to-day experience. it changes that bain story for him. he'd rather get off this topic, keep things focus odd n the and the status of the economy
and natalie morales. al is at the residence of the u.s. ambassador here in london. a little later this morning he's going to be talking to our first lady michelle obama. we're going to check in with him a little later on. meanwhile, what do you think of our digs. >> amazing. >> only more exciting. the park is actually closed right now to the public. we expect there will be crowds lining up behind us for the next couple of weeks. you're starting to really feel the excitement in the air. >> a great location. you know what's behind us there. you get the lay of the land. that big white thing there, that is savannah's trailer, better known as the olympic stadium. the observation tower, the aquatic center. >> amazing chlgt you ask. >> you asked me to store your hair and makeup. >> we're going to spend a lot of time in these places. >> the pomp and pageantry under way. the famous big ben chimed nonstop for three minutes to celebrate the first official day of the olympics. right now a big crowd is at tower bridge awaiting the olympic torch to sail by on the queen's barge. whose hands will it be in? ma
's tahman bradley joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, sunny. good morning, rob. it looks like it will be one for the ages. we are four months from the election. and the new poll shows a dead heat. as the race ramps up in a couple races. the contest is dead-even. president obama and mitt romney are tied among registered voters nationally. but the poll shows troubling news for the president. 63% believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. after another slow month for job growth, president obama is renewing his look on taxes, vowing to extend tax cuts for the middle-class. and raising taxes for those that make more than $250,000 a year. >> folks like me, we don't need a tax cut. that will help pay down our deficit. >> reporter: the president is personally calling on his opponent to release his tax returns. saying it's important for him to be an open book. romney says he has nothing to hide. >> all the taxes are paid, as appropriate. all of them have been reported to the government. there's nothing hidden there. >> reporter: the
going toll the iphone. so the story of immigrants in merge isn't a story of them. it's a story of us. it's who we are. and all of you get to write the next chapter. each of you traveled your own path to this moment. from campaigning a ruin to the philippines, russia, ma law, and places in between. some of you came here as children brought by parents who dreamed of giving you the opportunities that they had never had. others of you came as adults. finding your way in a new country, new culture, a new language. all of you did something profound. you chose to serve. you put on the uniform of a country that was not yet fully your own in a time of war. some of you deployed into harm's way. you displayed the values that we celebrate every fourth of july. duty, responsibility, and patriotism. we salute a husband and father originally from mexico now a united states marine, drawn , jy his wife sill video ya and daughter juliet. he says becoming a u.s. citizen in front of his wife and family and it's a better step. where's francisco? [ applause ] >> we salute a yum woman from el salvador who came
. it's a shame. because our tax dollars were used to go to companies often donors of the president's. >> senator ron johnson is a republican from wisconsin, a member of the budget appropriations committee and also a supporter of mitt romney. thanks for talking with us. >> good morning, soledad. >> good morning, there's clearly an effort to move away from conversations about bain and taxes and start talking about crony capitalism. what exactly is that? >> well crony capitalism is taking taxpayer money and funneling that to the people that have supported you in the campaign and that's exactly what president obama and his administration has done. look at solyndra over a half billion dollars invested in a company that's now bankrupt. it was supported by people who supported president obama. that's a dlasic example. >> inserting solyndra back into the conversation. back in may of 2012, here's what mitt romney said about solyndra. listen. >> an independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family to campaign
to work with troubled teenagers. she joins us later. we begin with breaking news. al package from the alleged shooter found in the news room. at the university of colorado. he mailed it days before the massacre, addressing it to one of his professors at the university colorado's campus in aurora. it arrived days before the shooting but was not discovered until monday afternoon when police found it in the mail room. . they sent in the bomb squad, handled it by robot and x-rayed the parcel just in case. sources telling john miller who joins us now that the letter inside spoke of shooting people and included crude drawings of a gunman and his victims. do we know, john, from your sources, have you heard why this letter wasn't discovered sooner? >> well, we have a little conflict there. which is what we were told by law enforcement sources earlier in the day. and i have to say, this has been made extremely more difficult than it needs to be by a gag order that's been placed on all of the investigators and the district attorney who's not commenting. so getting information is like pullin
after the opening ceremony but actually began today for some competitors. for example, in soccer the u.s. women take on france today, that's a highly anticipated match. by the way, take a look at the aquack tight centre, one of the great venues over in olympic park and take a look at ryan lochte, one of the stars of the u.s. team getting a little warm-up action in over there. so things are really heating up. >> talk about heating up, there's going to be a fierce competition in the pool from ryan lochte and michael phelps. they will face off as soon as this week. speaking of ryan, another ryan joining us, our special correspondent ryan seacrest will give us the scoop at the aquatic centre. >> we'll be checking out another standout from the u.s. swim team, missy franklin, the 17-year-old known as the missile. she could swim away with seven medals in london. exciting to watch her as well. >> of course, the mayor of london, boris johnson, is quite a character. he's here playing it cool. he's going to be chatting with you a little bit. welcome all of us and welcome the world. >> he's been wor
was. twitter verse has a lot to say about it. we want you to tweet us your guilty pleasure. >> we do. if you're not familiar with twitter, sign up for twitter, then give your guilty pleasure to #guiltypleasure. we'll some of your responses on the air. >> good morning, natalie. >> good morning, everyone. a fiery train wreck explosion in ohio forced the evacuation of homes and businesses within a mile of the crash site. at least two people were injured in the derailment. officials say the burning cars contain ethanol and they plan to let it burn off over the next several hours before reassessing this situation. >>> the jetblue pilot who disrupted his own flight by ranting about religion and terrorists suffered a brief psychotic disorder due to a lack of sleep, according to psychologists who testified at his trial this monday. a judge found clayton osbon not guilty by reason of insanity. he's currently at a mental health facility awaiting another court hearing. the flight from new york to las vegas was safely diverted to texas after passengers subdued the pilot. >>> officials in san ber
's verbiage kind of a pent-up, was the phrase used, writings about shooting people. and that there were some very rudimentary images in there of a shooter and victims. but the real question, anderson, which i know is what we're all wondering is a, were was there anything in there that was specific to the date the batman show or something else. and b, is there anything that gives -- that sheds any light on motive. and right now, we can't learn that. >> john, stick around. i want to bring in james alan fox who we often consult with. professor, you say it's not unusual for mass murderers to actually reach out to people before actually committing a crime. >> right. they either reach out in either a threat or a call for help. but it's not unusual for them also to send letters, timed so they will be received after the shooting in an explanation for why they did what they did. there was a shooter at the university of iowa who sent letters to the media, time when his rampage was committed. university of arizona, same thing. frequently, mass murderers will send letters as explanations not necessarily
'malley and teri branstad and bob mcdonnell also here. we're going to talk to former u.s. olympian, dara torres, it's friday the 13th and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody, breaking news to start "starting point" this morning, a story developing as well. jp morgan chase is releases earnings and disclosing they lost $5 billion in a monumental trading blunder. we're digging through the numbers. christine romans will update you on what that earnings report means straight ahead. >>> also, more controversy over the uniforms for the united states olympic team. when they walk no london's olympic stadium, they are going to be wearing ralph lauren, red, white and blue ensemble made entirely in china. lawmakers are outraged for outsourcing the clothing. alina cho joins us with more on that. >> there's rare bipartisan backlash on capitol hill about this. good morning, everything in the uniform from the beret to the blazer and shoes made in china. they are made by american designer ralph lauren as soledad said and they are just for the opening and closing ceremonies, recently i got an o
. captioning funded by cbs >>> republican presidential candidate mitt romney heads back to the u.s. today. he made one final speech in poland's capital this morning. >> critics are still focusing on controversial comments that romney said while in israel. jan crawford is covering the romney campaign in warsaw. >> reporter: romney spoke here earlier today and his remarks were full of praise and admiration for the polish people and their struggle for liberty. and then he went to see memorials dedicated to honoring that struggle. >> in a turbulent world, poland stands as an example and a defender of freedom. >> reporter: in warsaw, romney continued to suggest that if elected president, he would be a stronger defender of america's allies. >> i believe it's critical to stand by those who have stood by america. it is for us in this generation and beyond to show all the world what free people and free economies can achieve for the good of all. >> reporter: he had a receptive audience for that message in poland when tensions escalated after president obama told medvedev he would have more flexibility
out of state. >> burst into flames. >> we have a lot to get to. natalie, bring us up to date on olympic news. >> as you mentioned the first two days of competition you saw a lot of thrilling victories, but also heartbreaking disappointment. >> michael phelps and ryan lochte. >> reporter: big surprises in the pool. sunday night the men's 4 x 100 relay with superstars michael phelps and ryan lochte leading the way. >> i think the americans are set up well. >> the u.s. started strong but lochte couldn't hold the lead in the final second. >> france will outtouch the americans and lochte. >> the u.s. walking away with silver. france taking gold. >> michael phelps -- >> on saturday phelps and lochte went head to head for the so-called duel in the pool. >> lochte will win. >> lochte crushed the competition scoring his first gold medal of the game. >> it is not michael phelps, the two-time defending olympic champion. dethroned. >> phelps finished fourth without a medal. >> i have a lot of races. the big thing now is putting this behind me and moving on. >> both men are back in the po
claims the church uses extreme measures against people like him. >> come on, marty. do you have anything to say? >> this sounds like movie stuff. i'm sorry, marty, this sounds too complicated to believe. >> i mean, i don't know what to tell you. can you handle the truth? >>> also tonight, richard engel with a view we have never seen before of the uprising inside syria. he made the trip with a rebel commander fighting to liberate his hometown. >> it's 4:00 a.m. and ali baklan is saying good-bye to his parents, possibly for the last time. he's on the front line of a surprising new syria few outsiders have glimpsed. he says, "the regime controls only where it keeps its tanks. that's it." >>> and the "costa concordia" is still submerged after six months. and some passengers who had to fight for their lives that night say now they're forced to fight for their rights. harry smith has a story everyone who's ever considered a cruise needs to see. >> it's a totally different world out there as far as your rights are concerned. >> some survivors say the cruise line's first priority was its half-bi
stood by america. it is for us, in this generation and beyond, to show all the world what free people and free economies can achieve for the good of all. >> reporter: he found a receptive audience for that message in poland, which has had a strained relationship with the obama administration. the white house canceled a missile defense system when moscow rejected and president obama told dmitry medvedev he would have more flexibility in a second term. romney was invited to poland by solidarity legend lech walesa, who after their meeting endorsed him and implored him to win. he also met with donald tuck and visited a memorial to honor troops and crowds filled the streets. >> beautiful. >> reporter: but the warm welcome was overshadowed by comments he made at a fund-raiser before leaving israel. talking to major donors, he talked about what he sees as cultural differences between the palestinian and israeli people that made israel more successful. a spokesman for mahmoud abbas called romney's comments racist. the white house saw an opening to criticize romney. >> one of the challenges of
and refrigerators and other items and they see it as, well, this president is actually doing something for us, and he is getting the votes. >> a trade off, too, because the people who are given the homes, they criticize the government, they take them away. >> well, the writing is on the wall, and every time we see one of the live shows in which the president gives away the houses, you see the people saying all of the most beautiful things that you can think of, and chavez is my commander, and he's my benefactor and so good for the people and so good, but not once have i seen anybody say anything wrong about chavez, and that tells you a lot. >> and he also recently awarded an apartment to a woman who became his 3 millionth twitter follower, and he is a big twitter follower. >> yes, he is wildly popular and the message is getting through to twitter again, and he did this, and he is rewarding somebody for being the 3 millionth follower. >> can you imagine if president obama or mitt romney were giving away homes on live television? >> no. >> thank you, miguel. -- captions by vitac --
with rob marciano there in burnettsville, indiana. and tell us what you have been seeing there in the fields. how bad is it? >> well, suzanne, it is sparse. of all of the states that are in the cornbelt, indiana, has been hit the hardest with the heat, and with the drought. i mean, yesterday, indianapolis hit another record high of 101 degrees and the last 46 days, they have had less than 0.01 of rain. and that breaks a record. we are 2 1/2 hours north of indianapolis, but that is not going to help. you need feet of rain, but it may be too little too late. we have been talking to the farmers all morning, and they are struggling with this, because there has not been a drought like this since 1988. here is what the folks who own this land had to say earlier today. >> the news keeps referring to the drought of '88, and i guess at this point that we are probably better at this date, but we have potential to be much worse until we get major rainstorms coming through. >> so, then they need major rain and i happening today where we will be close to 100 degrees again. this is wha
gillibrand and steve israel sent a letter to the chairman of the u.s. olympic committee asking that the committee only source uniforms from the united states in the future. is that possible? opening ceremony less than a month away. sherrod brown suggested the usoc get their uniforms from hugo boss in his home state of ohio. and harry reid was so mad, he wanted to destroy uniforms. >> i am so upset that i think the olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. i think they should be embarrassed and should take all of the uniforms and put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again. >> the u.s. olympic committee released a statement earlier this week which says, unlike most olympic teams around the world the u.s. olympic team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors. we're proud of our partnership with ralph lauren, an iconic american committee and excited to watch america's finest athletes compete at the upcoming games in london. and ralph lauren, we reached out for comment. they told me they are not giving any statement about thi
's side, but for ryan lochte and the u.s. men's gymnastics team, a day of disappointment. next up, women's gymnastics. the fab five's chance to live up to their name today, tuesday, july 31st, 2012. ♪ >>> and welcome to "today" and to london's olympic park on this tuesday morning. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer. missy franklin came here to london with so much pressure on her shoulders. she was labeled the next big thing in u.s. swimming. and so far she's delivered. >> and you and i were there. we watched her win gold. i had no idea you could scream that loud. >> you know, it's very exciting. we were sitting just down at the end of the pool. when you see that number one go up to missy's name, it's a great moment. >> it was so exciting. chenabed gold and set an american record in the 100 meter backstroke. this is the second medal for her in these games. and hoda kotb, who has made her way to london, talked to missy right after the race. she was eve therein when franklin reunited with her parents for the first time in weeks. we'll have that touching moment
to work on that. >> absolutely. >> matt, we've been enjoying you quizzing us on olympic trivia. got us thinking how well do you know your olympics. a question for you. what is the olympic -- >> you know what, can i interrupt for a second. >> no. >> no, no, nastia liukin has a wardrobe malfunction, i'm going to have to go. >> wow. >> no, no, no, mr. lauer. >> all right. go ahead. give it your best shot. >> what is the olympic motto in latin, please. >> in latin. >> higher, faster, stronger. >> that's called english. >> i have no idea in latin. highere, strongere. >> no, if you'd studied you'd find it on 32. i have my book. >> when was it introduced actually. that's another good question, which olympics? >> when was what, the motto introduced? >> the motto. >> the motto, today's first family was introduced back in 1992, i believe. >> it is swifter, faster, stronger. >> you're right, it is. it is. >> swifter, faster, stronger. >> all right. swiftly take it back to new york. >> kind of a letdown because he knew the motto. it's annoying. >> we'll stump him. >> we'll check in later. meantime
and the loss of lives has only increased, which tells us that this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control. >> in these circumstances, it is ever more imperative that the international community including all players who have influence bring pressure to bear on the assad regime to implement in full the annan plan to stabilize the country and allow an orderly transition of power. >> so hala, you have even general secretary ban ki-moon speaking out against this, and you the world united saying this is awful and chaos. what will it take do you think before you have world leaders who are going to take a more active role in intervening? >> well, the world is the united is saying that it is awful, but the world is certainly not united in how to approach and solve the crisis. you have on the one hand russia and china and then the western powers. at 3:00 p.m. there was a u.n. security council vote to condemn the actions in syria, and russia did not want the sanctions included, but western powers did. we have heard from two sources that kofi annan has asked the united kingdom and france
>>> good morning to you. thank you for being with us. i'm carol costello. >>> we begin today in bulgaria, still reeling from what the nation's interior minister says was a suicide bombing on a bus filled with israeli tourists. new developments continue to come in to cnn, but here's what we know right now. new security footage shows a man who bulgarian officials say is responsible for the attack. you see him there. in a surprising twist, this man was carrying a michigan driver's license, which fbi officials have now identified as a fake. seven people confirmed dead in the attack, including the bomber. 36 others wounded. three of them serious. let's bring in our reporter on the ground in bulgaria. let's talk about this fake michigan driver's license. any idea how this man got a hold of it? >> reporter: we really don't know. and of course we can't even tell whether or not he is american, if it's a fake i.d. all we really know is what we see on that security camera video that's come in from the airport. and basically it shows a man who could be an ordinary backpacker tourist. and
right to the ridiculist. that does it for us. "early start" starts right now. >>> breaking news. fire raging. right now after a freight train crashes in columbus, ohio. >>> repealing health care. the house votes in a matter of hours. but it won't make much of a difference. >>> hot pursuit. a police chase ending in dramatic fashion. that suspect's car plunging off of the freeway. and you will not believe what he said his reason for doing this was. you'll find out all about it in a moment. it's right at the top of the hour. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." nice to have you with us. i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm ali velshi. zi r zoraida sambolin is off today. >>> we begin with breaking news. hazmat crews at the scene of this spectacular fire. it's raging in ohio right now after a train that was pulling several tankers derailed just before 2:00 this morning eastern time. this was an accident that happened in the north end of columbus. flames can be seen apparently for miles. witnesses reporting in that they could see this a long way off. christine romans has been monitori
. a family rushed to the hospital, as more states ban such use, recommending the big displays instead, on what could be for some the hottest independence day ever. >>> also breaking overnight, the reason for many of those bans. a new wildfire tearing through the dry brush in the suburbs of los angeles. >>> and a lesson for anyone barbecuing today. a woman ingesting one of those wire bristles. her advice for her. >>> and we're lighten up with some youngsters just playing around. >>> good morning. happy fourth of july. >> yes. we got our patriotic colors on today. we're good. >> i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. ho happy fourth. millions under record heat. many struggling without power, days after the deadly storms in the east. still, though, the celebrating and the fireworks are on today. but this morning, aggressive reminder about leaving all that fun to the pros. >>> fireworks danger on display even before the holiday. the quiet of this new hampshire neighborhood shattered by loud explosions last night when something went horribly wrong with a homeowners annual
families, which brings us to our first story here tonight. it's about a cruise ship, the "costa concordia," that remains on those rocks off the coast of italy for six months now. it's about what we now know happened that night. but it's also about all cruise ships and anyone who's ever considered a trip on one. harry smith, who covered the initial disaster, is back tonight to show us in the murky world of fine print for travelers that ship isn't the only thing that remains submerged. >> you can see the stone, there's a big rock lodged in the hull. >> reporter: look at the size of that. >> reporter: six months ago we were at the scene of the "costa concordia" wreck. captain jim fee, an american who has sailed these waters, told us what had to happen. >> how bad was the judgment of the captain of the ship who sailed so close by this island? >> completely irresponsible. it's something he has to be severely punished and condemned for. >> reporter: the ship still lies there as if the tragedy happened yesterday. for many who were on board memories of that night of chaos are just as immediate. >
by quoting my dad. a phrase my dad used to always use. whenever you would say something, someone would say this is what i value, this is what i support. my dad would go like this. he'd say, look, don't tell me what you value. show me your budget and i will tell you what you value. seriously. show me your budget and i will tell you what you value. don't tell me you value women in your office space, in your corporation if you have a budget where you don't have any women that are being paid like men. don't tell me that you value and are deeply concerned about seniors if, in fact, you ee advice rate the things that you know and rely on not only for their well-being but i'll return to this, for their dignity. for their dignity and their pride. >> president obama will attend fundraisers in texas this afternoon. a day after kicking off his first town hall of his campaign in cincinnati. the president aggressively targeted mitt romney telling the ohio crowd that former governor romney does have a plan for creating jobs as you heard this one before, just not in this country. >> i've got to be honest
cubs. now, she tells us about how she freed the cubs, all without getting a scratch. >>> all this, as the u.s. women's gymnastics team takes the stage for the first time. "good morning america" is live at the olympics with all of the latest. >>> we were just looking at that wide shot there, we just stepped off of a wedding cake. good morning, everybody. >> we're both married to other people. good morning, everyone. >> this morning, one day in, a huge olympic shocker already. take a look at this photo. ryan lochte winning the 400 meter i.m. gold. take a look at the diamond grill that he has in his mouth. he was wearing lime green shoes as well. but let's show you the other photo. michael phelps, the first time that he didn't place. he went to his coach and he said that was horrible. >> we should say that these two will be facing off again in just a couple days. abc's bill weir will have the latest live from london. >>> also coming up this morning -- mitt romney in israel today, taking an aggressive stance on iran. he was greeted warmly by the prime anyone ster of israel. will this
discovery, four delta flights headed for the u.s., turcy sandwiches with needles in them. the fbi is investigating this is a possible terrorist act. we're going to speak exsclusively to two passengers who found the needles. >>> first, abc's pierre thomas has more and joins us this morning from washington. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning, robin. overnight, the sandwich scare left us with a critical question about airline security. how safe from stabotage on commercial planes? a half-dozen sewing needles on sandwiches on four separate delta flights this past sunday. at least one person injured after biting in. >> it was the second bite into the sandwich. it actually poked the top of my mouth. it was a one-inch-long straight needle. >> reporter: fbi is investigating who had access to the food. a father and son on two separate flights were also injured. authorities are trying to figure out if it was just a coincidence. delta airlines released a statement, saying has taken immediately action with our in-flight caterer. the sandwiches were prepared in the gate gourmet ca
that somebody was using that pump just a minute earlier. close call. wow. >>> thanks for joining us. see you back here next weekend. have a good one. >>> breaking news this morning. president obama plans to fire over the tax cuts. >>> tens of thousands of people could wake this up morning with no internet service, thanks to some pretty nasty malwear. >>> and a cold front breaks the heat wave but brings damaging storms along with it. welcome to "early start," i'm ali velshi, zoraida sambolin is off today. >> good to have you here with us. i'm ashleigh banfield. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> we begin this morning with breaking news. we have learned that president obama is holding a big event at the white house rose garden later today to resurrect the battle over the bush tax cuts. he will be surrounded by working class americans while he calls on congress to extend tax cuts for everyone, making $250,000 a year or less. republicans want the tax cuts extended for everyone, the wealthy included. the white house will be very busy framing the tax cut debate this week
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